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Macomb School District and teachers union come to agreement

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MACOMB, Ill. (WGEM) - The Macomb School District and teachers union have a tentative agreement in place after several hours of negotiations Thursday with a federal mediator.

Teachers have been working since August without a deal, and Thursday was the sixth negotiating session between the two sides.

More than 30 teachers picketed outside the Macomb School Board office before the meeting, hoping negotiators would finally reach a settlement.

The hang-up has been pay increases.

"We are fundamentally better teachers the longer we are being teachers, and so we feel we should be compensated for that," Molly Selders a spokesperson for the Macomb Education Association said. "We are absolutely frustrated that it's taken this long."

That frustration turned to elation just before 6 p.m. Thursday night when both sides emerged from behind closed doors, with a tentative agreement in tow.
   
It was a moment both camps tell WGEM was long overdue.

"This is the longest its taken to come to a settlement so I'm happy I'm relieved that we've come to an agreement," lead M.E.A. negotiator Suellyn Rieckelman said.

"I feel like we have something that both sides came out saying we both had to give up a little and we both got a few concessions,"School Board President Matt Bierman said.

The details of the agreement will be presented to teachers Friday after school with a vote expected next week.
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